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Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:56 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:50 pm
Gronkowski was a maniac on the floor. Harrison did not approve. (Ryan Wilson,

By Ryan Wilson

There was plenty of blame to go around In the hours and days following the Patriots loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. For the most part, it seemed like a collective knee-jerk reaction from media and fans (and family members) not accustomed to losing. Of course, this is what happens when the hometown team wins three Super Bowls in five seasons and Tom Brady begins his postseason career by going 10-0.

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Depending on your perspective, any number of people were at fault for the outcome: Brady, Wes Welker, Bill Belichick, the defense and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was limited by a high-ankle sprain.

But it wasn't Gronkowski's lack of production, or even that he didn't battle Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn for a Brady arm punt that became an interception that upset his critics. It was his after-game exploits that got some folks worked into a lather.

In case you missed it, Gronkowski, along with teammate Matt Light, were spotted dancing (topless, no less!) at an Super Bowl party hours after the game.

Scandalous, we know.

(If the sarcasm dripping off that last sentence isn't obvious enough, we'll just repeat what we said on the Pick-6 Podcast: what's Gronkowski supposed to do? Sit in his room and cry himself to sleep? Will that make him a better player for the Pats' next game in six months? No? So what's the problem then?)

This makes no difference to NBC analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who is very upset with Gronk's decision to gyrate his hips after a loss.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, [Gronkowski] probably would have got his head rung,” Harrison told ESPN 1000 in Chicago (via PFT). “There’s no reason for that to happen.”

Oh god. Nothing like an old-timer invoking old times. Yes, Rodney, we know. You had to walk 10 miles to practice, uphill each way, you didn't have shoes and it always snowed.

(Worth mentioning: back in September, the aforementioned Bruschi happily called out Chad Ochocinco for tweeting. We have yet to hear his mock outrage over Gronkowski blowing off steam early Monday morning.)

Harrison wasn't done. 

“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” Harrison said. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”

Rodney's right: there is a time and place for everything. Time: after the season is over -- check. Place: party where music is played and dancing is encouraged -- check.

This is almost as ridiculous as Gronkowki having to apologize for having his picture taken with a porn star. Almost.

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:55 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Coming from a player whose cheap shots ON the field used to actually punish his team and affect games, this is pretty hollow.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:48 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison is just spouting off to get some air time.  Not a Pats fan but have no problem with a player, win or lose, getting loose after the SB, after the season has ended.  This would be different if it happens before the SB.  Also, we're talking about Gronk, it's not like he's stepping out of character here.  Also, i'd be doing the same thing if I just finished a season with stats like he put up.  No big deal.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:44 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Aside from his size Gronkowski is very childlike in real life.He saw himself on the jumbotron & was asking team mates to do the chestbump, probably for his father, but maybe for his teenage friends.His dad knows his son better than any of us.Daddy Gronk made himself available all week just in case Brad needed backup. In my opinion NO player from the losing team should be celabrating ANYTHING & I hope the  veterans have a talk with the 2nd year player.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:35 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

And Gronk may have taken your head off!..Chill Rodney

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:33 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The internal squable on this team could end up tearing them apart. Man up as a colective group, quit fingerpointing and get it done next time, sheesh.

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:32 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Do that many people really care that he went out to party after the SB? I am willing to bet he is not the only person who went out and blew off some steam. Even though we beat you guys .... again ....... life goes on. Be happy that you guys still have a solid offense and some nice picks in the draft and will more than likely make another run or two at the SB before Brady retires.

Oh do not forget ..... you cannot spell ELIte without Eli!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:31 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The difference between the young and the old, the young always think there's another day, the old know there is NO tomorrow.

For the sake of this few paragraphs of sports gossip, there were SEVERAL Patriots at this party, current & former.
The party was scheduled to happen win or lose.

"Hey Rodney, I get it, BUT please stop being such a drama queen."

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:30 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Good post

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:25 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison needs to accept the fact that he left the game and let players do their thing. Gronk had a great season and he did what he could during the game, if you cant get seperation in the NFL you are useless, you dont need seperation to dance on a dance floor. After two weeks of stress leading up to the superbowl the man needed a release. They still had a great season he has every right to let loose. Get a life Rodney. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:21 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

It still amazed me that people still criticize other people for how they react or deal with situations.  People have to understand that EVERYONE is different.  People react to and handle situations differently.  I saw Gronk do EVERYTHING in is power after that injury to help this team.  He returned in the game he was injured.  He did everything he could for the twop weeks leading up to the SB to play.  He played in the game despite obvious pain.  He made a great catch the one time he was thrown to and in the process laid out his body (like he always does).  AFTER the game he went out and celebrated.  I say good for him.  Getting to the SB is a GREAT achievement.  Yes winning it is greater but just getting there is GREAT!  Enjoy yourself!  You are experiencing something that a lot of very very good players never do get to experience and there is no guarantee that you will ever get it again.  Enjoy every minute of it!

As for harrison, what is the appropriate "mourning" period?  A day?  A week?  A month?  What if a week later he was out?  is that too soon?  Sports are meant to entertain us.  Growing up in Boston as a sports fan you forget that.  It is only after you leave that you realize that it is a "cultlike" mindset.  It's not healthy.  Other cities and fans have it to but Boston seems to be the worst.  All this negativity to Brady and Pats coming out of there is ridiculous. 

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